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Recognize the Symptoms of Infection! – Group B Strep International

Recognize the Symptoms of Infection!

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WHAT GBS SYMPTOMS DO BABIES SHOW?

…during pregnancy?

Contact your care provider immediately if you experience either:

  • Decreased or no fetal movement after your 20th week  (Note: While the type of fetal movements may change in the third trimester, there is no evidence to support that the number of fetal movements decrease because “there is less room for your baby to move.”*)
  • You have any unexplained fever

…once born?

Call your baby’s care provider immediately or take your baby to the emergency room if you notice any of these signs:

  • High-pitched cry, shrill moaning, whimpering

(Cry of Wren, diagnosed with GBS pneumonia)

  • Marked irritability, inconsolable crying
  • Constant grunting as if constipated

(Grunting sound of Aayan, diagnosed with GBS meningitis)

    • Projectile vomiting
    • Feeds poorly or refuses to eat, not waking for feedings
    • Sleeping too much, difficulty being aroused
    • High or low or unstable temperature; hands and feet may still feel cold even with a fever
    • Blotchy, red, or tender skin
    • Blue, gray, or pale skin due to lack of oxygen
Lower picture is of the same baby with cardiovascular shock-induced pallor due to late-onset GBS disease(Above: Premature but otherwise healthy Jasmine
Below: Jasmine with cardiovascular shock-induced
pallor due to late-onset GBS disease)
  • Fast, slow, or difficult breathing
  • Body stiffening, uncontrollable jerking
  • Listless, floppy, or not moving an arm or leg
  • Tense or bulgy spot on top of head
  • Blank stare
  • Infection at base of umbilical cord or in puncture on head from internal fetal monitor

If you would like to share an audio/video clip or still image of your baby displaying one or more of the above symptoms, please contact us at info@gbs-intl.org.

* Preston S, Mahomed K, Chadha Y, Flenady V, Gardener G, MacPhail J, Conway L, Koopmans L, Stacey T, Heazell A, Fretts R and Frøen F for the Australia and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA). Clinical practice guideline for the management of women who report decreased fetal movements. Brisbane, July 2010.

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